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Opinion: Apec leaders called an unprecedented crisis meeting to discuss Covid recovery.
Geo-political tensions were to the fore at the latest Apec retreat.
If Apec meeting eases US-China tensions, it will be a bonus for Jacinda Ardern.
"The sooner the better" - Jacinda Ardern on lowering trade barriers for vaccines
17 July 2021 Ardern chaired a virtual informal Apec leaders' retreat overnight, which included US president Joe Biden, China president Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Japan's newish PM Prime Yoshihide Suga. Video / APEC
The meeting will be hosted virtually from Wellington by the Prime Minister.
OPINION: You can bet President Joe Biden loved Jacinda Ardern's speech.
PM Jacinda Ardern and PNG PM sign agreement to build a collaborative connection.
The pandemic has exposed the need for co-operation on trade matters among countries.
The 21 Apec countries represent over a third the population and half the world's GDP.
New Zealand has been working to build the relationship with Canberra.
This Saturday is the first big leaders meeting of Apec 2021, when trade ministers meet.
One of the world's biggest trade events kicks off in managed offices by video.
Kiwi businesses vulnerable to giants' shifting power dynamic.
Apec is a long game. It is New Zealand's challenge to give it a very big nudge.
For years now, NZ and the UK have swapped flattery. That praise is starting to cool.
Group's usual trade focus overshadowed by pandemic.
Securing greater access to the United States market is just one of many issue.
Relying on ad hoc government responses has slowed down the fight against the virus.
Anyone who thinks it will be business as usual can forget it, Winston Peters says.